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Have a Webmin, Postfix, Mutt server that I want to be the smtp relay to send out my emails.
Have successfully configured the postfix/mutt mail relay, can send out.  Having problems getting my other server to connect to my mail relay and send out said email I keep getting the aforementioned error what am I missing?
timed out while receiving the initial server greeting)

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by:bevhost
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Is there anything reported in the log of the other (connecting) server?
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by:Illyankesh
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Ok the top bit is from the receiving server, that is supposed to be doing the relaying, and the bottom bit is from the server that is sending.

I'm sure I've got enough holes to drive a truck through, but I have kind of lost my way...looking at the relay server logs looks messy...where should I start?
This is the last couple of lines from /var/log/mail.log on the relay server.
 
 
May  4 07:14:08 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: process /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd pid 14126 exit status 1
May  4 07:14:08 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd: bad command startup -- throttling
May  4 07:15:08 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[14128]: warning: database /etc/aliases.db is older than source file /etc/aliases
May  4 07:15:08 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[14128]: warning: database /etc/postfix/canonical.db is older than source file /etc/postfix/canonical
May  4 07:15:08 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[14128]: fatal: parameter "smtpd_recipient_restrictions": specify at least one working instance of: check_relay_do$
May  4 07:15:09 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: process /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd pid 14128 exit status 1
May  4 07:15:09 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd: bad command startup -- throttling
May  4 07:16:09 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[14143]: warning: database /etc/aliases.db is older than source file /etc/aliases
May  4 07:16:09 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[14143]: warning: database /etc/postfix/canonical.db is older than source file /etc/postfix/canonical
May  4 07:16:09 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[14143]: fatal: parameter "smtpd_recipient_restrictions": specify at least one working instance of: check_relay_do$
May  4 07:16:10 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: process /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd pid 14143 exit status 1
May  4 07:16:10 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd: bad command startup -- throttling
 
 
This is the last couple of lines from the server I was sending the email from.
 
May  4 07:28:21 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/postfix-script[2012]: refreshing the Postfix mail system
May  4 07:28:21 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/master[20991]: reload configuration /etc/postfix
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: A9F26420EB: skipped, still being delivered
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: A9F26420EB: skipped, still being delivered
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: B3A4D420E6: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=438, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: 51D9A420DC: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=438, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: 0D9BA420E5: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=438, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: 64AA2420DA: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=438, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: 6FC14420D6: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=443, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: 7EBFD420D2: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=443, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: D6F10420CC: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=438, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
May  4 07:28:49 domU-12-31-38-01-D5-C2 postfix/qmgr[2149]: B0C44420E0: from=<root@geomatejr.com>, size=443, nrcpt=1 (queue active)

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by:Illyankesh
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I see one error, I changed the canonical file without updating the canonical db...am I even using canonical?
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by:Illyankesh
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Ok, cleaned up the differences, and my postfix I'm now down to the

"smtpd_recipientrestrictions":  specify at least one working instance of: check_relay_domains, reject_unauth_destination, reject, defer or defer_if_permit

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by:Illyankesh
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The server that is sending the email I get queue active no more errors, and it is set to relay to the relay, however I am still getting the below...
May  4 09:54:47 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[15960]: fatal: parameter "smtpd_recipient_restrictions": specify at least one working$
May  4 09:54:48 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: process /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd pid 15960 exit status 1
May  4 09:54:48 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/master[1205]: warning: /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd: bad command startup -- throttling

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by:bevhost
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You need to fix this one.
warning: /usr/lib/postfix/smtpd: bad command startup -- throttling

It means that postfix has a fatal configuration error that prohibits it from running.

try commenting out things in your main.cf that you're not sure of.

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by:bevhost
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postconf -n
will display config lines not set to the default value.
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by:Illyankesh
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Ok, line by line I found the culprit and commented him out.   Ok, now I get the following error, and it is the ip of the server I'm having forward it's mail to be relayed...  I assume I need to add it by hand to some authorized user argument?
broken_sasl_auth_clients = yes
smtpd_recipient_restrictions = permit_mynetworks permit_inet_interfaces permit_$
#smtpd_client_restrictions = hash:/etc/postfix/access, reject_maps_rbl
smtpd_client_restrictions = permit_mynetworks, reject_unknown_client,permit_sas$
sender_canonical_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/canonical
recipient_canonical_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/canonical
 
 
May  4 18:00:53 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[17787]: lost connection after CONNECT from unknown[174.***.***.***]
May  4 18:00:53 domU-12-31-38-00-9D-F7 postfix/smtpd[17787]: disconnect from unknown[174.***.***.***]

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Try this
smtpd_client_restrictions =
        #  hash:/etc/postfix/access,
          reject_maps_rbl

To check that it is the access file.  If so you better check the file is right.
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